Hundreds of students left class early Wednesday to protest the Department of Education’s plan to close their schools. At Legacy H.S an hour before dismissal students head for the streets in protest for the doors of their school to remain open. They Headed towards Union Square to rally with out student’s whose schools are at risk of closure. The citywide Panel for Education Policy is scheduled to vote next week on whether to close 25 schools. It has never overruled the DOE, so some students say they feel they’re fighting an uphill battle.
“They’re treating us like we don’t matter, like we’re nothing, and I’m sorry, but we are something. I am something,” said one student.
“The purpose, I believe of this, is basically to spread a word or to tell the rest of the youth and let them know listen, the youth should stand up for our education, what we think is right,” said another.
Students banned together from all schools that are inspecting Closures and listed their schools and thoughts on a giant banner. Parents also get involve stating that this battle is becoming a full time job.
Also adding “It’s taking up a lot of time for a lot of parents who are frustrated with the way Mayor Bloomberg is running the Department of Education. It’s totally not fair. It’s time that he has to stop playing politics with our children’s lives,” said one parent.
It’s a shame that so many are being plagued by this issue but it is truly a sight to see so many leaders of tomorrow (The Youth) sticking together for such a positive cause, there’s nothing more inspiring then to see such commitment and dedication expressed throughout the voice of the youth.